Sinking Waters Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Sinking Waters Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kingsport, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles 400 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Three loops comprise of this trail narrated by signs in the trail telling of the first settling family in the area. The boardwalk at the bottom of the trail circles a series of small sink hold where the water trickles into (perhaps more so in the rainy season).

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little trail, went a little later n the evening than I probably should have....since it was dark on the way out and I had a 10 week old pup with me. However, it was well kept, for a trail not on the beaten path

hiking
4 months ago

It was great, we got caught in a huge downpour that was concentrated right above us. This made the hike really fun and challenging because all of the water pouring off the mountains. It started lightning really bad and we had to turn back at the marsh, will definitely go back

hiking
6 months ago

trail map says 3.0, my GPS says 2.4. regrdless, nice easy trail when not encountering loose dogs. there are always unleashed dogs, be forewarned

6 months ago

Nice easy relaxing little hike. Kid and Dog friendly

hiking
7 months ago

The views were beautiful and the terrain was just the right mix! Loved it!

8 months ago

Loved it. just the right mix.

birding
11 months ago

1 year ago

Nice short hike! Informational signs were neat to tell the story of the area. Couple of steep inclines that felt the burn but enjoyable.

1 year ago

Nice short hike! Trail has some steep inclines but with the loops and informational signs, it's very nice.

1 year ago

I didn't know this trail existed. Very enjoyable short hike. There were lots of spider webs. Didn't see any animals. There are a couple of benches to rest at. There's a long bridge that goes over some boggy area that is neat. There are signs that tell you the story of the area. Like mentioned before it has some small inclines that get your heart going and the trail is a bit narrow. Didn't see anyone else there. Hiked in the morning it was nice and secluded.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a very nice trail. Actual total length is more like 2.85 miles if you walk all 3 loops. We walked the trail by keeping left at all forks. You end up on the golf course at the apex of the last loop. We didn't see any wildlife, even though we were quiet and looking hard. It was about 3PM on a warm Sunday. Lots of insects along the trail, so be sure to spray your bottom half with Deet, and take a web wacker, unless you like the taste of fresh web. ;-) The best part of the walk/hike is that the trail does not seem to be well know. The rest of the park was swarming with people and pets, the Sinking Waters trail was devoid of people. Great trail for a couple of hours out of your afternoon.

hiking
1 year ago

Enjoyable hike through various natural environments. There are some big trees to be seen including the Queen of the Sycamores with massive long branches that sweep out and touch the ground in places. Also, a 150+ year old boxwood gone wild at the site of a former settlement. A few decent climbs make for a good workout without being too strenuous. The boardwalk section of the bottom loop circles through a swampy area with sinkholes and cave-ins to be seen, hence the "sinking waters." It's pretty interesting to see and hear the water disappearing into the inner earth. We also spotted two nice sized deer cutting through the woods, paralleling the trail.

hiking
1 year ago

Good trail for a quick exercise. It has the inclination to get the blood pumping. Old trail too. Unless someone takes you there or you looked it up, you will not find it. I grew up around these parts and did not know about it until 10 years ago. Someone showed me the trail. I still hike it. I liked it very well. I think maybe because of the discretion.

hiking
3 years ago

Mostly easy trail with some interesting features such as a board walk thru a boggy area and sinks with small streams disappearing into them .. 3 loops plan to go back and do the ridgeline loop. Some interesting signs giving the history of the area.

hiking
3 years ago

Due to the light usage you'll have to contend with a lot of spider webs spanning the trail. Take a walking staff or tracking pole for web whacking! On the upside, if you're quiet you'll likely stumble upon some deer in the surrounding woods. The paths contain some narration about the first known family to inhabit the area.